The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol said it discovered that former President Donald Trump’s election defense fund never existed.
“The select committee discovered no such fund existed,” said Amanda Wick, a member of the committee’s senior investigative counsel looking into the insurrection.
The new video evidence presented to the public during the hearing showed two former Trump campaign staffers disputing during testimony that the fund ever existed.
“I don’t believe there is a fund called the Election Defense Fund,” Hanna Allred, identified by the committee as a former Trump campaign staffer, said in a recorded statement. Gary Coby, a former Trump campaign digital director, told the committee that the defense fund was part of a marketing tactic.
The Trump campaign was regularly trying to raise money after the former president lost the Nov. 2020 election, encouraging donors to give to what fundraising pitches called the “official election defense fund.” The committee discovered that the Trump campaign and its allies raised nearly $100 million in the first week after the election.